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"preference" in British English

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preferencenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpref.ər.əns/  us   /ˈpref.ər.əns/
B2 the ​fact that you like something or someone more than another thing or ​person: Her preference is forcomfortablerather than ​stylishclothes. I have a preference forsweetfood over ​spicy. Choosing ​furniture is ​largely a ​matter of personal preference. It would be ​wrong to ​discriminate against a ​candidate because of ​their sexual preference (= the ​sex of the ​people they are ​sexuallyattracted to).
an ​advantage that is given to a ​person or a ​group of ​people: We give preference to those who have ​worked with us for a ​longtime. Special preferences were ​offeredinitially to ​encourageinvestment.
in preference to sth
If you ​choose one thing in preference to another thing, you ​choose it because you like or ​want it more than the other thing: He ​studiedchemistry in preference to ​physics at ​university.

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(Definition of preference from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preference" in American English

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preferencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpref·ər·əns/
A preference is also an ​advantage given to someone: [U] The ​city gives preference to ​jobapplicants who ​live there.
(Definition of preference from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"preference" in Business English

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preferencenoun

uk   us   /ˈprefərəns/
[C or U] the fact of liking or wanting one thing more than another: preference for sth These ​investors had a preference for securities rather than ​bankdeposits. More ​flexibility will ​enablemanagers to redesign their floors quickly according to ​customer preferences. Buying a ​car is a matter of ​personal preference.
[U] an ​advantage or better ​treatment that is given to a ​person or a ​group of ​people: give preference to sb/sth This small-business ​program gives preference to minority- and women-owned ​companies.

preferenceadjective

uk   us   /ˈprefərəns/ FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
used to describe a company's ​shares that have the ​right to ​fixed dividends (= ​payments from ​profits) before the ​dividends on its ordinary ​shares are ​calculated and ​paid in a particular ​period, or in ​periods when ​dividends on these ​shares are not ​paid at all: Nokia is to ​increase its ​capital with about $100 million of new preference ​stock.
(Definition of preference from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “preference”
in Arabic تَفْضيل…
in Korean 선호, 애호…
in Portuguese preferência…
in Catalan preferència…
in Japanese 好み, (選択肢の中の)希望のもの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 偏爱, 爱好, 喜爱…
in Turkish tercih, yeğleme…
in Russian предпочтение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偏愛, 愛好, 喜愛…
in Italian preferenza…
in Polish upodobanie, preferencja, upodobania…
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“preference” in Business English

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